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Frida Kahlo

fridabrush.55Frida Kahlo “Self Portrait”

5th Grade


wiki Frida Kahlo

Smithsonian article on Frida

New Yorker article on Frida

Guardian article on Frida

Youtube documentary (long)

A shorter video that might work to show in class

You may also check out children’s books about Frida Kahlo from the Downers Grove library or the Hillcrest LRC.


Kahlo Prezi & Presentation (interview style)

Kahlo teacher handout

Kahlo Prezi by Rachel Neustadt

Art Project Ideas:

Kahlo art project

Please contact Maria Brummel or Rebecca Hardman if you are interested in doing a collaborative mural.  We have a Frida Kahlo portrait and a Day of the Dead skull.  Murals turn out beautifully and can be displayed anywhere in the school.  You can get the sheets printed professionally (try Maximum Printing and Graphics in downtown DG – you can upload online) on heavy cardstock for about $30.  Make sure you get reimbursed by the PTA.


Notes from Previous Presentations 

Please contribute your comments, helpful suggestions, websites, presentations, art project ideas to the above link.  The kids and future volunteers would benefit so much.  THANKS!


Photos from Previous Presentations 

Please share any pictures or videos you took during your presentation.  They can be uploaded to the above link.  If you send the pictures to [email protected], we will send them to the parents.  THANKS!

The presentation should not take more than 20 minutes.  Allow students at least 45 minutes to do the art project.  Asking for about 1 hour 15 minutes total should give you enough time without rushing.

If you do the interview-style presentation, this presentation needs two people, but even if you decide against the interview-style presentation, it’s a VERY good idea to have at least one parent helper to pass around supplies, assist, take photos, clean up, etc.

If volunteers are in short supply, consider combining all the fifth graders for the presentation into one classroom.  After the presentation, the kids can return to their respective classrooms to do the art project.  There will need to be at least one parent volunteer in each class during the art project.  More time should be scheduled with the combined classroom setup.

For whatever art project you do, please be sure to check on availability of supplies from PIA cabinet or art room well ahead of time so they can be ordered at a discounted price.  If you end up buying your own supplies, please be sure to submit an expense voucher  to be reimbursed so we can keep track of actual expenses.